Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme popularly known as "ITEC" was launched in 1954 as a bilateral programme of assistance by Government of India.
Under ITEC and its corollary SCAAP (Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme) 161 countries in Asia, East Europe, Central Asia, Africa and Latin America are invited to share the Indian developmental experience acquired over six decades of India's existence as a free Nation.
ITEC is about cooperation and partnership for mutual benefit. It is response oriented and it addresses the needs of developing countries.
India spends about Rs. 500 million annually on ITEC activities. Since 1964 India has provided over US $2 billion worth of technical assistance to developing countries, including neighboring countries (assistance to whom is administered separately).
ITEC is the flag bearer of the Indian Government's technical cooperation efforts, not only because of its wide geographical coverage but also for innovative forms of technical cooperation in which it has assisted.
Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation has five components viz
- Training in India of nominees of ITEC partner countries;
- Projects and project related activities such as feasibility studies and consultancy services;
- Deputation of Indian experts abroad;
- Study Tours;
- Aid for Disaster Relief (ADR).